Sixth Sunday of Lent
March 28, 2021
Andrea Westkamp, OSB, Benedictine Sisters of Virginia
Gertrude – Jesus’ Heart
We are concluding our Lenten reflections on the Benedictine Women from our Monastery window. The saint to the very right in our window is Saint Gertrude (1256 – 1302). You will notice the heart she is holding in her hand.
At the age of four, she entered the monastery school at the monastery of St. Mary at Helfta. Gertrude was given to the care of Saint Mechtild of Hackeborn and joined the monastic community in 1266. It is clear from her own writings that she received a thorough education in a variety of subjects.